“Pandemics are a magnifying glass that sheds light on social conditions,” says May-Brith Ohman Nielsen, professor of history at the University of Agder in Norway. Pandemics lay bare the failures of a country’s organization and capacity that went unnoticed during uneventful times. Conflicting policies, staff vacancies, purchase orders for the wrong items, a lack of
Allan Bonner explores a concept proposed by Ulrich Beck: that politicians try to underwrite our safety. These days, they do this by political theatre and photo ops — like eating beef after the Mad Cow scare, or eating in Chinatown after SARS, H1N1 and now COVID-19. Should this be the priority?
There’s no disputing that the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted some flaws in our supply chains, what with the shortages from grocery stores to industrial components caused by the global travel shutdowns. In following such models as Just-In-Time production and outsourcing production overseas, we’ve prioritized efficiency and cost savings…but have we ignored a hidden cost? Allan
How do we become overdue for a random event like a pandemic like novel coronavirus (COVID-19)? Once a pathogen emerges, how do modern societies give it new ways to flourish and spread? In this look back, Allan Bonner sits down with Dr. Ian Crandall and Maire Percy, Professor Emeritus, to discuss what the risks are,
Emergency planner and crisis response specialist Allan Bonner compares conventional crime and policing to their cyber equivalents, and discusses the implications for managing risk and staying secure in the digital age. From Cyber City Safe: Emergency Planning Beyond the Maginot Line.
You need a “HOT” group to manage a cyber-security breach. That doesn’t mean they need to be dressed well or good-looking. HOT stands for Hour One Team. Our work in this area began long before widespread fears of cyber-attacks. It began in the resource sector in which an incident might be in the Arctic, miles